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Missouri weed legalization still


pipe dream, but warrants debate
BRANDON ZENNER
News Editor | @brandonzenner

The push to legalize medicinal and recreational cannabis in Missouri is now at an


all-time high. With Colorado
and Washington leading the
charge, a Missouri representative proposed a bill he hopes
will help Missouri end prohibition and grow marijuana.
Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, filed a bill, House Bill
1659, Jan. 29 that would allow
Missouri residents over the
age of 21 to keep and transport a pound of pot, a pound of
hashish and more than a halfgallon of highly potent hashish
oil.
The bill would instill a system of licensed dispensaries,
where every county could have
one pot dispensary for every
2,500 people, as well as impose a 25 percent tax on sales
of cannabis at the wholesale

level.
The proposal is lifted from
an initiative petition filed by
pro-marijuana organization
Show-Me Cannabis, which
sent in at least 16 petitions in
support of the legalization.
The organizations goal is to
cut down on the criminal market system and instead regulate marijuana in a way similar
to alcohol.
Were proposing to tax
and regulate marijuana like
alcohol, said Dan Viets, a Columbia-based criminal attorney and Show-Me Cannabis
chairman, to the St. Louis Post
Dispatch. If the polling is not
promising, we might not even
put it on the ballot.
Kelly said when filing his
bill that it still needs work and
he intends to add a proposal
to voters, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

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Students encouraged to vote in April 8 City Council election

MOLLY BRYAN

Chief Reporter | @TheMissourian

The right to vote embraces the essence of American democracy.


College students are a large demographic of the
town of Maryville, making up more than one-third
of the towns population. With recent and other upcoming decisions causing outrage among that demographic, there may be no better time for them to
voice their opinions than now.
The recent bar age modification has sparked
different opinions throughout Northwests campus.
Students and faculty who are opposed to the change
may have a light at the end of the tunnel.
Anything the council does can be reversed by
a vote, said Cody Uhing, Student Senate president.
Whatever the council decides to do once they have
different members in April is really up to them. I believe they will weigh the pros and cons of repealing

existing ordinances and do what is best for the city.


A simple process will enable students at Northwest to vote.
I hope that all students are registered to vote in
their hometown, said City Councilwoman Renee
Riedel. However, while they are students at Northwest, I believe it is important to transfer their voting
rights to Maryville.
Uhing said the responsibility rests on students, if
they want to make a change.
I think it is important for students to vote anywhere they can for any election, Uhing said. It is an
opportunity to have your voice heard. In regard to local elections, it is crucial for students to be involved
if they do not like the path the City Council is taking
the city. The right to vote is a fundamental right for
everyone, and we should take every opportunity to
exercise that right
Students have the ability to decide who fills the
open City Council positions.

Missouri colleges among


lowest in tuition increases
LAUREN MCCOY

Assistant News Editor | @McCoy014

With the lowest tuition increase


in the nation, it is a good time to be a
Bearcat.
The College Boards 2013 Trends
in College Pricing reported tuition
and fees at Missouris public four-year
institutions increased only 5 percent
since 2008. This change is less than
half of the national average of 14 percent.
On top of this low rate of increase,
Missouri students could face continued affordable schooling thanks to
Gov. Jay Nixons call for public fouryear universities to freeze tuition for
undergraduates. During an address to
praise the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors for the decision to freeze tuition for the 2014-2015
school year, Nixon again discussed efforts to make college more affordable.
The evidence is clear; good

schools help create good jobs, Nixon


said. By investing in our universities
and freezing tuition, were going to
make sure students graduate from college with the skills to compete for good
jobs, not a load of debt.
Tuition freezes are one of two factors that allowed Missouri to keep tuition and fees down; the other is the
Higher Education Student Funding
Act, passed in 2007, that provides a
penalty if tuition increases are greater
than changes in the consumer price
index.
In Missouri we are limited, Provost Doug Dunham said. We can only
raise tuition equal to the CPI from the
previous year, and over the last several
years, thats been very low too, which
is another reason our tuition increases
have been low.
Student performance also has an
indirect impact on prices. While Dunham says there is no direct relationship

There are a number of instances in Maryvilles


history where students have greatly impacted local
elections, Uhing said. Many forget that we are a
large, concentrated constituency that can be mobilized relatively easily. There are three citizens running for two open City Council positions, whichever
courts the students the best could pull ahead of the
pack.
Riedel suggests students and citizens alike research the candidates to determine which candidate
is best for the town of Maryville.
Get to know the Maryville candidates via newspaper articles, Facebook pages and presence in the
community, Riedel said.
City Council positions are not the only issue
at hand for the city of Maryville. The issues on the
April 8 ballot include the election of two City Council members, School Board members, a half-cent

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between meeting the performance


standards as set by the state, there is a
connection.
Theres probably an indirect relationship in that if we didnt earn all
five, there would be more pressure to
increase tuition because of the cost of
doing business, so to speak, he said.
Health insurance, utilities, the things
that increase on the business side of
things there will be more pressure to
pay for that, and if you have less state
appropriation, the revenue has to come

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WHERE
The County Clerks Office
is located in the Nodaway
County Administration
Building at
403 North Market Street.

WHY
The next election for
City Council is April 8, 2014.

City Council
forum to take
place tonight

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Go to the County Clerks


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from somewhere. Directly, there is no


link, but the better we do on performance funding, the less pressure there
is on the tuition side.
Northwest strives to provide a
more affordable college experience by
not only meeting state goals, but providing technology and textbooks for a
fee as opposed to students purchasing
their own. According to the College
Board, this measure alone saves students $12,000 on average throughout
their college career.

Northwest Missouri State University will host a public forum regarding proposed Maryville Municipal Code changes regarding open
alcohol containers and nuisance parties between students, Northwest administrators and city administrators
this evening.
Those who are going to be in attendance include City Council members, city staff, Northwest Missouri
State University leaders and faculty,
Student Senate representatives and
Maryville Partners in Prevention.
The meeting will be held at 7
p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union
Boardroom.

Kansas government in debates


over homosexual discrimination
SHANE STEELEY
Chief Reporter | @TheMissourian

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Rep. Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, and the Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives looks at the vote board during todays
session at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Senate President Susan Wagle said the bill, which was
approved Wednesday in the Kansas House, goes beyond protecting religious freedom.

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The recent Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender discrimination bill


across the state line has caused uproar from some students at Northwest and drawn some national attention as well.
House Bill 2453 would allow restaurants in Kansas to refuse entry
and patronage from homosexuals. If
passed, the bill would serve as a passage to keep individuals immune
from legal reprisal for refusing service
if they have sincerely held religious
beliefs opposing customers marriages.
The Kansas House of Representatives voted 72-49 to approve the
bill, but Senate Chairman Jeff King
announced Tuesday evening that the
legislation was dead for the time
being.
Senior Louis Hageman, president
of Common Ground, a University organization that educates about the
LGBT community, feels that this kind
of a bill could not go very far in Missouri.
It will be the duty of those in surrounding states to go against some-

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thing like this, Hageman said. There


are rights groups here in Missouri
that have enough support. That anything like this here would be crushed
under foot.
Another major part of Hagemans
feelings on the situation is how harmful it is to the concept of our government.
This law represents a departure
from the founding principles of what
our nation was built on, Hageman
said. Irrational fear should not dictate policy. Least of all when it infringes on the rights of the citizens.
Thanks to the checks and balances of the Kansas government, the
Senate stated the bill was dead on arrival, according to Susan Wagle, Kansas State Senate president, in a statement to the Associated Press.
I believe the intent of the House
was to protect religious liberties. We
respect that, Wagle said. But the
business implications are going to
harm the practice of employment in
Kansas.
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There is no good evidence to show marijuana is any more dangerous than alcohol or
other substances, Kelly said. We waste too
much money and too many lives because of
(marijuana prohibition).
According to the Marijuana Policy Report,
more than 20,000 people were busted for marijuana crimes in Missouri in 2011, with 90 percent of those arrests being solely for possession.
With some of the harsher laws in the country
regarding marijuana, users can spend up to one
year in prison and a pay $1,000 for a first-time
offense of a single joint. With Missouris strict
laws when it comes to marijuana possession,
the jump straight to legalization could end in
tragedy.
Keith Wood, Maryville Public Safety Director, stated that the city had no more than 20 cases involving marijuana last year, and he believes
the bill would lead to more than personal use.
I think Colorado is having a lot of questions
surrounding their legalization and how to adequately enforce driving while impaired, Wood
said. When youre talking about the pound size
of weed, youre talking about more than personal use. Youre talking about seller quantities.
Research and experts advise that Missouri
is not ready to take a dramatic leap and become

the next statistic.


Missouri is, socially and politically, not
ready for something like this, said Daniel
Smith, assistant professor of political science.
While some of our state legislators like to talk
libertarianism, thats actually limited to low
taxes and business regulations.
However, Kellys intent is to turn the states
money away from the drug war to focus on other
serious crimes.
The billions of dollars weve spent on the
war on drugs has probably not stopped one person from smoking one joint. And its ruined the
lives of tens of thousands of people, Kelly said
in a Feb. 6 article by the Huffington Post. Once
youre convicted, you carry that around. You
cant get into school. You cant get a job. And the
question is for what?
What the statewide legalization would do to
a city like Maryville, however, is unsure.
Would it help the state or local economy?
Probably not that much, Smith said. But how
much demand is there? Its not that difficult
to get, even now. I dont know that legalization
will increase demand by much, and the land
that would be used to grow it is largely already
in use.
Junior Joe Frueh grew up around farms and
is not sure how much impact such a bill would
have on the farming industry.
I dont know what the production benefits
are. Farmers would have to weigh the pros and

cons to see about making more money than they


can in other productions, Frueh said.
I dont think it should be legal. Yes, the
taxes can help the state, but I dont think people
can control their intake, like many cant with alcohol.
From an economic standpoint, studies have
shown the impact legalizing marijuana can have
on a state. According to Fox Business, Washington and Colorado will see great amounts of
tax dollars for pot sales. Each state charges a 25
percent tax rate on the sale of marijuana, with
some municipalities having even higher rates. It
is expected that Colorado will bring $70 million
in new taxes from these sales.
Colorado is also making good use of those
tax dollars. The initial proceeds are being used
for school construction, and Colorado officials
are continuing to search for ways to use the extra
tax money they are expected to make.
Its not something that we have evaluated
from an economic development standpoint,
and its not something that there has been a lot
of evaluation on, said Josh McKim, director of
the Nodaway County Economic Development
Team.
A 2012 study done by Harvard economist
Jeffrey Miron shows that the legalization in
Missouri, however, could pose a $149 million
positive swing. The bill could potentially save
$90 million in government expenditures and
yield $59 million in tax revenue annually.

The savings in Missouris state and local


government expenditure that would result from
marijuana legalization consists of three main
components: the reduction in police resources
from eliminating marijuana-related arrests;
the reduction in prosecutorial and judicial resources from eliminating marijuana-related
prosecutions; and the reduction in correctional
resources from eliminating marijuana-related
incarcerations, Miron said in his report.
In a single state, that amount could be significant, considering that law enforcement and
lost tax revenue costs U.S. taxpayers $42 billion,
according to Jon Gettman, Ph.D.
Though experts believe this is more of an
attempt to open discussion than change the culture of Missouri, Maryville and the state of Missouri may very well not be ready for a dramatic
change in law just yet. Show-Me Cannabis
found that a lower-than-usual voter turnout is
expected at the polls this November due to only
one office being up for election. The group is
planning to wait for a statewide vote until 2016,
which will also hold the next presidential election.
When asked about when he believes Missouri will legalize marijuana, Smith simply referred to a picture to establish his view.
When hell freezes over.

Water main break forces city to close down Seventh Street

SHAWNA KINGSTON | NW MISSOURIAN

A water main break near the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house on Seventh Street caused the city to shut down the street Monday. Crews worked on the problem most
of the day Monday, leaving nearby residents without water and preventing access to campus from Seventh Street and Walnut Street.

sales tax question to increase gravel


supply for road maintenance, and the
Maryville School District expansion
of buildings.
Although students may not be
concerned with Maryville School
District issues, such issues could affect future opportunities. Maryville
may be a brief residency for some
college students, but it also may be a
lifelong address for others.
Students are an essential demographic of Maryville, Mo. When
students graduate, I want them to
leave Maryville with love for the community, Riedel said. That love will
be shared with future students and
continue to educate the future student
population of what Maryville has to
offer. Maryville has so much to offer
young adults and growing families.
Whether Maryville is a temporary
home or permanent residence, everyone is a member of the community.
Ensure your voice is heard next
time the council has a vote that impacts your everyday life. Riedel said.

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that thinks this could harm businesses in Kansas.


Kansas has a long historical
tradition of protecting the employee
at-will relationship, Witsman said
in a press release. That means employers can have a pure relationship
of retaining their employee without
the intervention of government mandates. HB 2453 flies in the face of that
by intervening with that relationship.
Senior Dalton Williams, Common Ground activities coordinator,
took a more charged opinion on the
issue.
Its ridiculous, stupid, and its
setting the human race back 50 years,
Williams said. While I dont see it as
a huge worry; it still matters. They are
trying to move backwards.
Freshman Jacob Fischer, Young
Americans for Liberty president, believes that while libertarianism tends
to side with business, this was a situation where it was taken too far.
I dont like the sound of it. Its
putting (gays) down too much,
Fischer said.
This recent bill, while dead, has
set a dangerous precedent for other
states. Idaho is also working on a bill
in the same vein as the Kansas one,
but much more extreme. The recent
Idaho bill could make it legal in Idaho
to not give service to LGBT individuals or hire them.
Tennessee is also introducing a
bill very similar to the Kansas bill,
stating that a business should be allowed to not serve gays if it goes
against its religious beliefs.
As the other two states begin
to create more discriminatory laws,
only time will tell if Idaho and Tennessee will take the route of Kansas
or go further.

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Blotter from the Maryville Department of Public Safety


Jan. 18

There is an ongoing investigation of


domestic assault at the 600 block of
North Buchanan Street.

Jan. 31

An accident occurred between Christopher I. Hinrichs, 26, and Tanya


J. Hill, 30, Sheridan, Mo., at the intersection of South Main Street and
West Halsey Street. Hinrichs was issued a citation for careless and imprudent driving.

Feb. 4

Renee J. Daniels, 38, was charged


with a city code violation at the 300
block of East Third Street.

An accident occurred between Kyle


J. Copeland, 27, and Martha Archer,
66, at the intersection of North Main
Street and West Twelfth Street. Copeland was issued a citation for careless
and imprudent driving and failure to
show proof of insurance.

Feb. 8

An accident occurred between Mikayla M. Stephens, 18, and Hayley


E. Wagner, 22, at the intersection
of North Buchanan Street and West
Seventh Street. Wagner was issued a
citation for careless and imprudent
driving.

Feb. 9

Feb. 6

There was an alarm investigation at


the 100 block of South Vine Street.

Feb. 7

Dion M. Cash, 54, was charged with


driving while revoked at the 1500
block of North Main Street.

There was a smoke investigation at


the 600 block of East Seventh Street.
Ray D. Chambers, 53, was charged
with assault at the 2600 block of
South Main Street.

An accident occurred between Terri


L. Gaa, 44, Leawood, Kan., and Fran-

cis B. Berg, 86 at the intersection of


East Edwards Street and South Mattie Street. Gaa was issued a citation
for failure to yield.

Feb. 10

Kevin D. Slibowski, 21, was wanted


on warrant for failure to pay at the 400
block of North Market Street.
An accident occurred between Leann
R. Wilson, 42, Dearborn, Mo., and
Maximillian C. Steinke, 17, at the intersection of North Munn Street and
College Avenue. Wilson was issued a
citation for failure to yield.

Feb. 12

Colby B. Lance, 27, Fillmore, Mo., was


charged with failure to register a motor vehicle and failure to maintain financial responsibility at the 100 block
of East South Avenue.

Danielle C. Krepps, 25, Wellington,


Mo., was charged with open container in a motor vehicle at the 800 block
of South Main Street.
Garrett N. Hawk, 22, was charged
with a city code violation at the 700
block of North Mulberry Street.

An accident occurred between Stormy


M. Cogdill, 23, Stanberry, Mo., and
Bruce A. Atreicher, Red Oak, Iowa, at
the 700 block of College Avenue.

Feb. 13

Feb. 11

Amanda R. Green, 20. was charged


with driving while intoxicated, minor
in possession, failure to maintain financial responsibility and careless
and imprudent driving at the intersection of South Munn Avenue and

An accident occurred between Logan


D. Kelly, 22, and Edith B. George, 93,
at the intersection of East Fifth Street
and North Market Street.

An accident occurred with Gerald L.


Brown, 44, Ravenwood, Mo., at the
1200 block of South Main Street.

West South Avenue.

Feb. 14

Kevin M. Lenoir, 21, Sauk Village, Ill.,


was charged with no valid drivers
license, improper license plate and
careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident at the 700 block
of North Mulberry Street.
Andre L Johnson, Jr., 18, was charged
with larceny at the 1600 block of
South Main Street.
Russell D. Ernst II, 20, was charged
with larceny at the 1600 block of
South Main Street.

Feb. 15

There is an ongoing investigation of


property damage at the 500 block of
West Third Street.

Feb. 17

An accident occurred between an


unknown driver and Melanie G.
Houchin at the 800 block of South
Avenue.